This is a really nice hotel for getting around the Seattle area. If you do not have a vehicle it is only about a 15 minute walk to the Westlake area, where you can catch the light rail to and from the airport, with multiple stops between, including Pioneer Square, Chinatown, Stadiums, etc. You can also catch the monorail at the same place, which takes you to the Seattle Center. Here's the good thing to know, the hotel has a shuttle and on the hour, they go to the Westlake Center and the Convention Center and on the half hours, they go to the Seattle Center (that's where the Space Needle, EMP, Chihuly Museum, etc are). You need to reserve a spot for the time you want to go at the front desk and you can also be picked up at those spots at 10 minutes after the hour for Westlake/Convention Center or 20 till the hour for Seattle Center, with a call to the hotel letting them know you will be waiting. Note that the shuttle only holds like 10-11 people so if there were a big convention in town or something, this wouldn't be something I would county on.
The staff here has all been very friendly and helpful with the exception of the dour man who kicked us out of the jacuzzi promptly at 11pm. They take that cut off VERY seriously, although it doesn't appear they take the gym cut off as seriously since that guy was not asked to leave.
The room is nice. All rooms at Springhill are "suites", but these are really more of a hotel room, with a half wall divider between the living area and the sleeping area. THey do have a very small kitchenette with a sink, small fridge, small microwave, and tiny coffee maker. The bathroom was pretty darn small. The counter did not leave much room for my massive quantity of toiletries and styling tools. heh Also, in our bathroom the towel holder is falling out of the wall and the toilet has a weird flushing issue where you have to hold the handle a long time. We mentioned it to the maid when we checked in because it wasn't flushing and she came and held it down a long time and then it worked and she said, "all fixed now"! Uh, ok. I'll report everything when we leave but we aren't a fan of people in our hotel room... my husband is paranoid.
If you're in an "executive suite" on the 10th floor, that means that you have the same room as everyone else, but we have a coffee/tea station in the mornings and the evenings and snacks put out in the hallway in the mornings and evenings. We also get bottled water in our room. I think we also have more toiletries provided, but since I haven't been in the other rooms, maybe they all come with shoe shiners, body scrubbers, and the little vanity pack. Executive!
I do like that they use Paul MItchell products! I've noticed that at other SPringhill properties before. I'm a P.M. fan, so yea for me!
A highlight in this room is the mass quantity of plugs. So rare and so appreciated in this tech world of ours. Also the clock radio has an ipod dock. Of course the TV is in the middle between the "bedroom" and the "living room". Haven't even turned it on this trip, but it's a little awkward set up like that for viewing.
One "love" I have of Springhill properties is the complimentary breakfast. This one does not disappoint. It varies each day, but they have three hot dishes, plus oatmeal. Both scrambled and boiled eggs are available. The usual bread assortments, some fruit, juices and cereals are offered and to my delight, they had Lucky Charms in the cereal rotation. What? I've been craving that kid stuff. Mmmm... for the last two days I breakfasted like a 6 year old. YES!
Not much for views and next to the freeway so there is some noise, but most of the time I don't notice it.
Overall, I like this hotel, the location isn't CHOICE, but it's good and we've already discussed we would stay here again on future visits. Price? It was really pricey by my standards, but apparently in Seattle, hotels are crazy expensive, at least in August!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown hotel. Just minutes from the Westlake Center via light rail, the Convention Center, The Space Needle, Waterfront, Pike Place Market and the Cruise Terminal's, our Seattle hotel's accommodations offer easy access to many of the city's top attractions. Start your day with a free hot breakfast buffet, and end it with a specialty cocktail at our Bistro on Yale Bar (happy hour is from 4-7 p.m.), or enjoy fresh regional fare at the Bistro on Yale Restaurant. Guests can also enjoy our Seattle downtown hotel's swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and free shuttle service. On-site parking is a valet-only service for a fee. All of our Seattle hotel suites offer spacious living and sleeping areas separated by a privacy wall, as well as kitchenettes with mini-refrigerators and microwaves. We look forward to welcoming you to the SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown hotel. ... more less
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